The popular SwiftKey keyboard app that’s available on Android devices may soon be available to iOS device users as well as a SwiftKey Note app. After hinting the previous day that Swiftkey is coming to the App Store – “SwiftKey on iOS?” he asked – @evleaks has returned with an actual screenshot of the app, which is apparently called SwiftKey Note. The app, however, is not available in the App Store just yet, and the developer has not listed it on its website.
While Android users can choose what type of keyboard they want to use on their devices – with SwiftKey a popular option in the Google Play Store that has been installed up to 5 million times – iOS users are “stuck” with the default iOS keyboard, as Apple doesn’t allow developers to replace it with a custom keyboard app. That would explain why SwiftKey would launch its keyboard as part of a note-taking app.
What looks like a press image for the upcoming iOS application provided by @evleaks, shows one of SwiftKey Note’s features that’s also available on the Android version of the app: next-word prediction, which will offer users “a super-fast typing experience.”
It’s no secret that TouchType, the developer behind SwiftKey, is interested in bringing its apps to iOS. “The most obvious API for [Apple] to open is the keyboard, because it is the greatest weakness,” TouchType marketing chief Joe Braidwood told AllThingsD last summer before WWDC 2013 started. “The keyboard is the thing that needs work more than anything on that platform.” At D11 last year, Tim Cook said that Apple plans to offer developers more opportunities, without revealing any specific details of what he meant.